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Unforgettable Italian Chopped Salad

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 servings 1x


This unforgettable Italian Chopped Salad is full of fresh tomatoes, basil, Romaine, Pecorino, a rich balsamic glaze…and “sprinkled” with some surprise ingredients!


  • 1 large head Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 ounces Pecorino* cheese, diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped or julienned fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup salted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons good-quality olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • balsamic glaze, homemade or store-bought


  1. Combine Romaine, tomatoes, cheese, basil, and sunflower seeds in a large mixing bowl.  Drizzle evenly with lemon juice and olive oil, then toss to combine.  Sprinkle evenly with the everything bagel seasoning and a few generous pinches of salt and pepper, and toss to combine once more.
  2. Serve immediately, drizzled with a generous pour of balsamic glaze.


*Some substitutes for Pecorino cheese could include Asiago, Manchego, Mozzarella, Provolone, or even a mild Parmesan.  In my opinion, an aged/salty cheese works best here.